Kuaʻaina … a person from the country. Sunnie describes herself as a kuaʻaina, as she loves the country life.
Here on O'ahu, she finds it in Makaha, living with her husband Keli'i, Tutu and Papa, and their amazing and lively 'opio wahine (Kuaiwi, Kahiki, Mahina, Kaleiola and Keaolani). Their eldest children, Jocelyn and Kupono, are kua'aina as well, living in their kulaiwi of Ke'anae on Maui. She finds the greatest joy in her mo'opuna, Keolaikahakaula-a-Kane.
Raised in Hana, Maui, where she lived amongst her kupuna, makua and 'ohana, she developed a deep love for nature and all things Hawaiian. As a student and graduate of Hana High and Elementary School, Sunnie aspired to attend the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Through a meandering path, she eventually did, attaining Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees while raising her keiki and caring for her ʻohana. She lives by the saying, "life is in the journey, not the destination."